Design Manager

£Competitive salary plus excellent benefits
# of Openings
Closing Date
Critical Systems Engineering - Mechanical
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time
Hours Per Week

The Team

Our dedicated Critical Systems team play a key role in making buildings more energy efficient, sustainable and cost effective to operate. The team works solely in the data centre field, keeping abreast of current best practice while researching breakthrough technologies that shape future trends.


As a leader in this market, we were one of the first consultancies to design air optimised data centres and are at the forefront of this cooling strategy, which has resulted in attaining the first ever BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating awarded to a data centre and significantly contributed to others achieving LEED ‘Gold’, or even targeting ‘Platinum’ status.


The team are a source of world leading expertise – and offer a pro-active and collaborative approach to skill development, and professional excellence. For more information on the Critical Systems team and reference of some notable projects delivered refer to the brochure here.


DM 1

The Role

In line with the continuing growth of our business in the UK and internationally, we now wish to appoint an ambitious and dynamic Design Manager to join the Critical Systems team in our central London office (St Paul’s) to manage construction design projects in the UK and overseas, some of which include hyper-scale data centres for a number of high-profile clients. 


The Design Manager role within our team structure is typically equivalent to Principal Engineer or Associate level subject to individuals qualification and experience, however this particular opening is aimed at a Principal Engineer level equivalent role and the successful candidate will be given many opportunities to develop their career further.


You will be responsible for the successful delivery of multi-disciplinary projects. This involves managing the design teams, acting as the point of contact for all parties involved in the project (e.g. client, contractors, sub-consultants), and ensuring communication and project collaboration between the various channels is managed effectively. 


This is a role which is central to the project success with a stimulating level of exposure to the wider project teams and stakeholders. It’s a challenging opportunity with great potential to develop your career and expand experience in the sector.


You will manage the design delivery, submissions, risk management, planning and progress monitoring whilst also ensuring the client objectives are understood and met. You will also be responsible for the management and control of all design management tools used on the projects such as programmes, schedules and trackers of client requirements and comments, multidisciplinary design meeting trackers, outstanding actions trackers, deliverable schedules, project filing systems and protocols, change control tools etc.


With the supervision and assistance of the project Associate Director or partner, you will control the project team and assure the project delivery meets the assumed targets and commercial objectives.


DM 2

The Skills

Educated to degree level in Building Services Engineering or equivalent and having gained significant experience within a fast-paced and complex consultancy environment, you will have developed a strong understanding of the technical aspects of design and construction matters, systems and processes and have substantial experience in leading building services design. In your most recent position you have consistently demonstrated your ability to manage multiple large-scale projects to deliver to, and exceed, client expectations.


You will possess excellent organisational, planning and time management skills in order to manage projects simultaneously without compromising on standards and quality. You will have a proactive approach when it comes managing your own workload and that of others in your team.


Critical Systems/Data Centre experience is not essential however you will be expected to develop and maintain technical knowledge of the projects to competently lead discussions on project issues between various internal and external parties involved.


Given the collaborative and client focussed nature of this role, excellent communication and project management skills are essential.


Job Description


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Valuing Diversity




Cundall values equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.


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